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April 05, 2013

Obama administration to launch a full court press on gun control

With lawmakers returning to Washington next week after two weeks of recess, President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and vice president Joe Biden plan a full court press -- at the White House and elsewhere -- to urge passage of gun control legislation.

Obama will travel to Hartford, Connecticut on Monday, where he'll meet with families affected by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and give a speech "reminding members of Congress that those who have been most affected by tragic gun violence deserve a vote on the measures currently being considered," White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

Biden will hold an event with law enforcement officials Tuesday at the White House, echoing Obama's call. And on Wednesday, the first lady will visit her hometown of Chicago, where Carney said she'll "speak from her experience as a Chicagoan and a mother about the importance of providing young people with opportunities to achieve their full potential, including by allowing them to grow up in safe, violence-free communities."

Biden will appear Thursday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" for a roundtable discussion with the show's hosts others.


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